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Reading "Sex and the City"

Reading Contemporary Television

By: Kim Akass (Editor), Janet McCabe (Editor)

Paperback Published: 31st December 2003
ISBN: 9781850434238
Number Of Pages: 288

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HBO's hit series Sex and the City has a huge international fan base and has picked up major awards. This highly readable critical celebration of the life and times of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha looks at the series as a new departure for television. It discusses the show's position in an increasingly complex television landscape, and pioneers innovative approaches to the study of contemporary television culture. The book explores, among many other issues, female fandom and fan culture; fashion and fashion journalism; male archetypes and the search for Mr. Right; third wave feminism; and of course, sex and the single girl. The book includes a full episode guide, reports from the Sex and the City Manhattan tour and a map of Sex and the City New York.

"...the editors have managed to mirror the show's fine balancing act between breezy and serious... 'Sex and the City' - and this book - illustrate not only that feminism is alive and well, but that good writing by and about women is too." -Cathy Dillon, Irish Times "Finally, a respectable academic companion to a guilty pleasure. This collects 17 scholarly articles about the iconic HBO show Sex and the City and is a guaranteed page-turner for those who enjoy nothing better than a mesmerizing essay by Foucault, followed by a luxurious wallow in Vanity Fair. Both film studies professors, Akass (London Metropolitan Univ.) and McCabe (Trinity Coll., Dublin) have assembled a compilation of topical, interesting, and entertaining (for academia) writing about some of the dominant, nonviolent issues of our day. Truly, this is essential for the intellectual fashionista! Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries." -Andrea Slonosky, Library Journal "offers a range of perspectives and methodological approaches" "The strength of the collection lies in its engagement with debates key to the study of contemporary popular culture" "genuinely illuminating piece of cultural and textual analysis" "The serious attnetion to a popular media text that this collection represents might constitute an eually serious threat to the institutions which produce it."- European Journal of Cultural Studies

Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
Foreword
Introduction
Regular Cast List and the Perfect Cosmopolitan
Sex, Sexuality and Relationships
What's the Harm in Believing?: Mr. Perfect/Mr. Big: Sex and the City's Commitment Dilemma
The Museum of Unnatural History: Male Freaks and Sex and the City
Sexuality in the City
Socio-Sexual Identities and the Single Girl
Orgasms and Empowerment: Sex and the City and Third-Wave Feminism
Can There Be Sex without Politics?: Sex and the Single Girl
Sex and the Citizen in Sex and the City's New York
Fashion and Cultural Identities
Fashion is the Fifth Character: Fashion Costume and Character in Sex and the City
Sex and the City: A Fashion Editor's Dream?
'My Manolos, My Self': Manolo Blahnik, Shoes and Desire
Narrative, Genre and Intertexuality
Neurotic in New York: The Woody Allen Touches in Sex and the City
Sex, Confession and Witness
Ms. Parker and the Vicious Circle: Female Narrative and Humor in Sex and the City
Fandom, Flacirc;nerie and Desiring Identity
In Love with Sarah Jessica Parker: Celebrating Female Fandom and Friendship in Sex and the City
Flacirc;nerie, Sex and the City and Touring around Manhattan, (Including Map or Location Guide)
Through a Glass, Malarkey
Outsiders in the City
Carried away in Manhattan
Coulda, Shoulda, Prada: Shopping for Satori and Strappy Sandals in Sex and the City
Map of Sex and the City Manhattan
Episode Guide
Film and TV Guide
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9781850434238
ISBN-10: 1850434239
Series: Reading Contemporary Television
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 31st December 2003
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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